25 days in Japan Itinerary

25 days in Japan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Japan tour planner

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Fly
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Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
Train
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Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Bungo-Ogi, Taxi to Takachiho-cho
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Takachiho-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Izumo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanazawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tsuruoka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sendai
— 2 nights
Fly
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Narita
— 1 night
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Tokyo

— 3 nights
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine and Nezu Shrine. Get a sense of the local culture at Asakusa Shrine and Engaku-ji Temple. Step out of Tokyo to go to Kamakura and see Kencho-ji Temple, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Meguro River, steep yourself in history at Hie Jinjya, get your game on at Samurai Armor Photo Studio, and wander the streets of Ueno District.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo driving holiday planner.

Sydney, Australia to Tokyo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sydney to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in April, things will get a bit cooler in Tokyo: highs are around 22°C and lows about 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 7:

Kyoto

— 3 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kinkaku-ji and Tofuku-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nijo Castle and Nanzen-ji Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kyoto side-trips: Nara (Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Grand Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kodai-ji Temple, don't miss a visit to Eikando Zenrinji Temple, and steep yourself in history at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kyoto tour itinerary website.

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get a sense of the local culture at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima and Peace Flame. Get some historical perspective at Daishoin Temple and Mitaki Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Mikasahama Beach, Miyajima, &more) and JMSDF Kure Museum (in Kure). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Mazda Museum, and appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Hiroshima holiday maker tool.

You can take a train from Kyoto to Hiroshima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. April in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 10 — 13:

Takachiho-cho

— 2 nights
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
On the 14th (Tue), take in the pleasant sights at Takachihokyo Passage, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amanomanai, explore the stunning scenery at Takachiho Gorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takachiho Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amano Iwato Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Amano Yasugawara. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Manai Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aratate Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kushifuru Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaguraden, then take in the dramatic natural features at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, and finally admire the sheer force of Unokono-taki.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Takachiho-cho trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Hiroshima to Takachiho-cho takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Izumo.

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 13 — 15:

Izumo

— 3 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Get some historical perspective at Susa Shrine and Riyokan Arata. Appreciate the collections at Adachi Museum of Art and Okuizumo Tatara to Tokenkan. Venture out of the city with trips to Kiyomizu-dera Temple (in Yasugi), Tanabeke Dozogun (in Unnan) and Matsue (Iya Shrine & Matsue Castle). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, steep yourself in history at Jinsai Castle Historic Site, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Shimizudani Smelter Ruins, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karakama Shrine.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Izumo sightseeing tool.

Getting from Takachiho-cho to Izumo by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. In April in Izumo, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 19:

Kanazawa

— 2 nights
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanazawa Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at Shima, wander the streets of Higashichaya Old Town, then see the interesting displays at Ochaya Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Kanazawa Castle, and finally examine the collection at Kanazawa Phonograph Museum. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fudosonkorin Temple, then admire the masterpieces at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and finally explore the world behind art at Kanazawa Noh Museum.

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Drive from Izumo to Kanazawa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. In April, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 21:

Tsuruoka

— 3 nights
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
On the 22nd (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach, steep yourself in history at Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, then steep yourself in history at Tamugimata Layered Housing, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Churenji Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Hommyoji Temple. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Heishindo-Former Kazama Family Residence, steep yourself in history at Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church, take an in-depth tour of Fujiswa Shuhei Memorial Museum, then see the interesting displays at Taihinkan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenpoji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nangakuji Temple.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tsuruoka trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Kanazawa to Tsuruoka by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, tram, and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Kanazawa in April, expect nights in Tsuruoka to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Sendai.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 21 — 24:

Sendai

— 2 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takekoma Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinnoji Temple, indulge your taste buds at Kirin Beer Sendai Factory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atago Jinja Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangu, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kosho-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Horin-in Temple.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sendai trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Tsuruoka to Sendai by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sendai when traveling from Tsuruoka in April, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Narita.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:

Narita

— 1 night
Pilgrims and aviators come to Narita, a town known during the Edo period for its temple, and now known primarily for its airport.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Makata Shrine, contemplate the long history of Naritasan Omote Sando, then make a trip to Three-storied Pagoda, and finally make a trip to Naritasan Shinsho-ji Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Narita trip website.

Traveling by flight from Sendai to Narita takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Sendai in April, plan for a bit warmer days in Narita, with highs around 21°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Narita

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 27:

Japan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Land of the Rising Sun
Part of a volcanic archipelago that encompasses over 6,800 islands, Japan remains one of Asia's most fascinating tourist destinations, where a blend of modernity and tradition creates a look and feel completely different from any other place in the world. A tour of Japan lets you discover big cities filled with ancient temples and innovative skyscrapers, as well as quiet country landscapes dotted with castles, perfectly manicured gardens, cherry orchards, and primeval forests seemingly untouched by the hand of mass tourism. Many tourists on vacation in Japan devote lots of time to the country's unique cuisine, prepared with painstaking attention to detail and a genius for simple yet effective presentation.